Ready to wow your mini-figs with a LEGOLAND Florida visit? After a full day at the LEGOLAND theme park, you”ll need a place to chill in the evenings. Many assume that LEGOLAND sits close to its theme park friends in Orlando proper. Not so. LEGOLAND actually sprawls a little under an hour from Orlando in a quiet community called Winter Haven. But no worries — the Florida highways are roomy and easy to navigate, so if you want to stay close to the Orlando action, driving to LEGOLAND is a breeze. But if you want to sleep practically on top of the bricks themselves, there are several fabulous hotels to choose from. Tip: Remind kids to bring 3 to 5 mini-figs that are not their favorites: all will be revealed when you”re inside LEGOLAND!
Written by Wendy Irvine
Holiday Inn Express Lake Wales
Ready for a streamlined jewel of a hotel? The Holiday Inn Express Lake Wales has it all, including a full hot breakfast and a shuttle to LEGOLAND. Each room boasts both a mini-fridge and a microwave. Rooms come with two queen size beds, while others offer a king and a pull-out sofa. The Holiday Inn allows up to six people in the rooms; cots and cribs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. As of late 2015, the property"s complimentary LEGOLAND Shuttle transports guests to LEGOLAND three convenient times each morning. Later, the shuttle departs from the park in the late afternoon four times, allowing you to choose when you"re ready to head back to the hotel. Parents will appreciate the washers and dryers and kids will love the small outdoor pool that"s open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Omni Orlando Championsgate
The Omni Orlando at Championsgate is the closest luxury resort to LEGOLAND, and boasts a Maui vibe with amenities that will thrill every family member. The Omni water park is a marvel and features a foliage-draped lazy river with a powerful waterfall, pools, waterslides, a huge adult quiet pool with a whirlpool, and opulent cabanas. A kids" club steeped in fun activities is on hand for those days and evenings when you need adult time. The Omni also boasts a 5-star fitness room, a luxury spa, golf, five dining spots, and beautiful rooms and suites with mini-fridges. Traveling with a large group? The Omni offers two- and three-bedroom villas with full kitchens, TVs in each bedroom, a beautiful living room, and a stacked washer/dryer. The villa community even sports its own quiet pool and whirlpool.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
The most exciting amenity at Disney's Art of Animation Resort is the three pools. You"ll have a tough time pulling the kids out of the largest pool in the Disney Resort system: the (Finding Nemo) Big Blue Pool. Fun Fact: Music plays underwater. In the evenings, Disney films are shown at the Big Blue Pool deck. Tiny kids love the smaller Little Mermaid pool and every pool has lifeguards. Parents seeking quiet will relish the serenity of the Cozy Cone pool, where they can read a chapter in peace. Rooms and full suites are themed from floor to ceiling. The Little Mermaid room sleeps four, giving you the choice of two double beds or one king. The family suites" themes include: the Lion King, Finding Nemo, and CARS and all sleep six. Rooms and suites come with microwaves and mini-fridges. The resort doesn"t have sit-down restaurants with servers, but does have the Landscape of Flavors, a kid-friendly food court. Washers and dryers are available near all three pools. Parking and Wi-Fi are free. And the resort fee? Zero!
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Ready to drench your peeps in 24/7 LEGO? Sitting a mere 150 Ã¢â‚¬Å“kid stepsÃ¢â‚¬Â from LEGOLAND is a colorful property that welcomes visitors with a smoke-breathing dragon born of 445,000 LEGO bricks perched atop the roof. No spoilers given here, but a stay at the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel gives you a choice between four themed suites decked in floor-to-ceiling LEGO. Within the suite, the kid space boasts a bunk bed with a trundle, meaning three kids can sleep comfortably. Guests receive a complimentary breakfast in Bricks Family Restaurant, where a lavish buffet is available. Plus every child receives a session with a LEGO Master Builder and gets to take their LEGO model home. A sparkling pool bobbing with colorful bricks sits near the outdoor eating space, along with a splash pad for the tiniest set. Parents" eyes will light up at the hotel bar that serves adult food and drinks that they can dive into while keeping an eye on their kids building in the bricked-out lobby.
Hampton Inn Winter Haven
Complimentary breakfast with make-your-own waffles, a heated outdoor pool, and rooms that sleep five? The highly rated Hampton Inn Winter Haven boasts two queen beds per room, a mini- fridge, and a coffeemaker; cots and cribs can be requested on a first-come, first-served basis. (A community microwave is in the lobby for all to use.) The whole crew will find something tasty at the hefty breakfast. Guests share washer/dryer privileges with the adjacent Holiday Inn. The pool is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. so kids can cool off in the warm Florida evenings.
Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista Resort
If you"re familiar with the Embassy Suites chain, then you know that every family enjoys a full suite Ã¢â‚¬â€œ giving the parents a closing door between the bedroom with its king bed and the living room with a pull-out queen sofa. You also know that every suite has a kitchenette with a microwave and mini-fridge. But the best part of an Embassy Suites stay? The buffet breakfast known for its made-to-order omelet station and much more, meaning your crew will head to LEGOLAND fueled and ready. Each evening, the popular receptions serve two adult drinks Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we"re talking wine, margaritas, and more -- and kid-beverages on the house. But here"s where this Embassy Suite veers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ happily Ã¢â‚¬â€œ off the usual Embassy path: the pool and splash area is pure Orlando! Half-indoors and half-out, the pool and splash pad are the star of Embassy Suites Orlando. Plus, each night the property shows a beloved Disney movie on a huge screen poolside, such as CARS, Nemo, the Incredibles and The Lion King.
Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando
Fastest lazy river known to childhood, a twisty waterslide and a sprawling luxury pool? Add various sizes of elegant rooms and suites (mini-fridge included), a golf course, and a fitness room that satisfies the pickiest work out enthusiast, and you have a property that will stun every family member. A happy accident that the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek sits smack next to Walt Disney World Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and is an easy 50 minutes to LEGOLAND? We think not. The parent company, Hilton, paired this kid-friendly Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek with their 5-star Waldorf Astoria Orlando that sits immediately next door. The Waldorf"s spa? Exquisite. Its posh pools are quiet and wreathed in cabanas dripping in amenities that seat up to six and are swimming in upscale amenities. It is layered in beautiful restaurants, a coffee enclave, a poolside cafÃƒÂ©, and a brimming snack bar. Tip: While this property doesn"t charge a resort fee, the lazy river tube costs add up so bring your favorite donut-shaped floats from home Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it"s allowed!
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Dripping in flawless opulence and white glove service is the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. Prepare for a breathtaking experience with golf, four restaurants, a 5-acre water park and playground with a can"t-pull-them-out lazy river and three stunning outdoor pools. The Four Seasons boasts a full-service spa, a beautiful rooftop terrace restaurant, a complimentary children's club loaded in activities, a climbing wall, and tennis courts. The rooms and suites are stunning and all come with an empty mini-fridge. The hotel"s big picture items are spot-on, but the chic details make a stay at this property even more enticing. Take the spectacular view of both Epcot and Disney fireworks, Disney Good Morning Breakfasts with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy on Thursdays and Sundays, complimentary sunscreen at the pools, and so much more.
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes delivers phenomenal R & R for guests visiting the Orlando area. Will you be in the middle of the theme park action? Nope, and that"s the way the JW Marriott guests like it. This jaw-dropping property boasts a winding lazy river with three pools. The JW has a zillion activities for guests. Kayak on the sparkling lake, perfect your swing at the driving range, play 18-holes on the fairway, or take a fitness class in the spectacular fitness center shared with the adjacent Ritz-Carlton, Orlando. If your kids love to golf, ask about the Kids Golf-4-Free program at the JW. Kids" activities also include a kids" club with art activities, outdoor games, and more. The JW also shares the destination spa with the Ritz-Carlton that offers a day-use pass ($50 and totally worth it) and a full spa menu. Need a mini-fridge in your room? Call ahead and make your request. The JW boasts three full restaurants, a sushi bar, a poolside grille, a bar and a Starbucks.
UniversalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Planning a visit to both LEGOLAND and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Universal"s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is an ideal choice for families looking for a deal. Not only does a stay at Cabana Bay assure an early entrance into the Harry Potter park, but it also includes complimentary shuttle service there. Walking paths to Universal Orlando theme parks are also an easy trek. Guestrooms boast two queen beds and a kitchenette with a mini-fridge, microwave, a Keurig machine, and plastic utensils. The suites have two queen beds and a pull-out sofa, allowing a total of six guests per suite; cribs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The kids will love the two large pools and lazy river (bring your own donut floats from home to save money). Two outdoor movies are shown every night by the pools -- one geared towards kids and the other for older kids and adults. The Cabana Bay Beach has two casual dining spots: a poolside cafÃƒÂ© and a food court. Kids will love the giant Connect Four game in the lazy river, the bowling alley with ten lanes, and fire pits perfect for roasting S"mores.
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